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Fantastic night in Carcassonne where around 1000 attended the official shirt presentation of the Dragons 2013. Before hand the team trained at Stade Domec and then paid homage at the statue of the legendary Puig Aubert.Its the first time they've taken the event out of the Perpignan area. Pics courtesy of astreizrix.

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Incredible but it makes you think about the wisdom of starting a new SL side in Carcassone. How could any side compete with that?

has anyone talked about SL rugby at Carcassonne ?

Toulouse is the next french SL side if all goes to plan - Avignon and even another go at a Paris project would come well before ASC

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has anyone talked about SL rugby at Carcassonne ?

Toulouse is the next french SL side if all goes to plan - Avignon and even another go at a Paris project would come well before ASC

Quite a few people think the Canaries should be given a chance but I agree that Toulouse is the only sensible option.

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I was sat with Dave Foti and Alan Walsh both who post on here. We all thought it a super evening. They charged €10 which was great value with buffet included and huge amounts of wine provided some by the recently retired David Ferriol who was marketing his own brand. I reckion there wasn't far off a couple of hundred watching the afternoon training session too in the lovely winter sunshine. At the Dome event they showed a 15 minute video of 2012 highlights including obviously that try at St Helens!

Laurent Frayssinous introduced each player in person with all having a few words to say. It was quite an inclusive thing too - both the ASC Presidents were invited on to the podium and the new Federation President Carlos Zalduendo was present at the afternoon training session. The players didn't stay quite to the end but as is often the case here everybody was still enjoying themselves as midnight approached and the live band was still going strong. It wasn't just the locals as four bus loads of fans made the hour long journey north up from Perpignan. Club President Bernard Guasch was in his element. He looked like the cat who had got the cream off the milk. I think he had!

But it was a statement though about how a regionally based club can develop and expand here. For the moment though Carcassonne is Dragons country I think. Pics courtesy of Gerard Barrau.

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good to see you back in action Gordon - looking forward to the 'aude updates' - you have been sorely missed..

sounds like a good time was had by all - is the new stand at the Domec up and running yet ?

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Carcassonne is smaller city than Perpignan. People from small cities will travel to big ones for jobs, sport, shopping etc but not vice versa.

It was a joke! One step will take you from Manchester to Salford. :-)

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Anyway, back on topic!

I know the Perpignan/Carcassonne area fairly well and the Dragons have done a fantastic job in getting that number of people to attend.

Well done!

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good to see you back in action Gordon - looking forward to the 'aude updates' - you have been sorely missed..

sounds like a good time was had by all - is the new stand at the Domec up and running yet ?

Cheers Peter.

Yes the stand is complete I think but new changing rooms underneath & may be other accessories await completion.

PS - Look after yourself and see you soon.

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Cheers Peter.

Yes the stand is complete I think but new changing rooms underneath & may be other accessories await completion.

PS - Look after yourself and see you soon.

thanks mate et bonne récupération

planning to do reports for both franco v english games next weekend - weather permitting

will you be at either game ?

should be two entertaining encounters

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Brill marketing, think our clubs and the RFLP could learn a thing or two from looking at that picture

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thanks mate et bonne récupération

planning to do reports for both franco v english games next weekend - weather permitting

will you be at either game ?

should be two entertaining encounters

Will probably take in the Avignon game next Saturday at Domec followed by Whitehaven week after. Hope also to make Dragons game against London in between.

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Brill marketing, think our clubs and the RFLP could learn a thing or two from looking at that picture

The event Friday was organised by the supporters club (penyas) the Dragons of le Lauquet, which is a village near to Carcassonne. There are two such supporters clubs in the Aude. Altogether I think about 18 penyas some bigger than others. La Lauquet organise buses to most home matches and each year at their AGM invite some players to attend. The club management meet the Presidents of the penyas quite often to get feed back.

Yesterdays local broad sheet daily 'L'Independant' carried half a page in both its main part and sports section. Super publicity.

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